Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Summer Reading List 2011




I know it’s only May, but this week Sacramento is supposed to get up to 90 degrees! Some colleges are already done with spring semester (or will be in the next couple of weeks). You know what that means? Time for summer reading!

I’m quite particular about the seasonal appropriateness of books. For example, Russian classics like “War and Peace” or “Crime and Punishment” seem natural choices to read during winter. Others, say “Like Water for Chocolate”, beg me to be read during the warm, lazy summer months.

Here are some of the books I hope to check out this summer. Most are either classics I've had sitting on my bookshelf for a while or recommendations from friends, with a few random selections I just happened to pick up at Goodwill and thought they looked interesting. (I put the potential fall candidates towards the end in case I don’t get to them in time.) Let me know if you've read any of them and whether you liked the book!



Sideways on a scooter : Life and Love in India / Miranda Kennedy.


Starvation Heights : the True Story of an American Doctor and the Murder of a British Heiress / Gregg Olsen.


Cutting for stone / Abraham Verghese.


Peony In Love/ Lisa See


Irresistible Revolution / Shane Claiborne


The Girl Who Chased the Moon / Sarah Addison Allen


Love in the Time of Cholera / Gabriel Garcia Marquez


The Golden Notebook / Doris Lessing


The Queen of Dreams / Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni


Pilgrim at Tinker Creek / Annie Dillard


Blackbird House / Alice Hoffman


Angela’s Ashes/ Frank McCourt


The Giant’s House: A Romance / Elizabeth McCracken

5 comments:

  1. I love Marquez, though I prefer 100 Years of Solitude over LITC. He manages to make his stories both epic and intimate.

    Angela's Ashes made me laugh and cry. His account of his first communion may be one of the most entertaining passages in any memoir ever.

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  2. Must be an enjoyable read Queen of Dreams by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni. loved the way you wrote it. I find your review very genuine and orignal, this book is going in by "to read" list.

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  3. Awesome selection. I read Angela's Ashes and it was fantastic.

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  4. Blackbird House - one of my favorites.

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  5. Must be an enjoyable read Queen of Dreams by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni. loved the way you wrote it. I find your review very genuine and orignal, this book is going in by "to read" list.

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